Summer Rain Essay

691 Words Mar 2nd, 2015 3 Pages
Lack of connection with nature and others has destructive impacts on the overall society. John Foulcher depicts the idea of the lack of connection of our society with the Mother Nature and with others through his poem “Summer Rain”. Not only this he also indicates that we are not only blowing the humanity away but also condemning nature. Foulcher starts his poem with an ironic topic ‘Summer Rain’ which usually sets up expectations of nature, joy, cleansing and beauty but instead we see disconnection from nature, traffic jam and pollution.
Our society plays a crucial role in the destruction of nature. John sets the frustrating and depressing tone of the poem by starting from an accident and with the use of alliteration, “Clutters” to
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John reinforces the idea of monotony of life by the use of metaphor “the cricket sounds of voices and cutlery” which links back to the monotony of life and highlights the absence of nature as he hears the sound of cutlery but not the sound of crickets. Furthermore the poet talks about the children playing and comments on the monotony of life as the kids are the only one enjoying the afternoon while the adults are busy in maintaining their quotidian pattern which leads to the idea of life cycle. Foulcher demonstrates the damage school is inflicting on the children “Stay outside, bruised with dirt/ and school squeezing play” and that the school is bringing them to the same cycle of life. He comments on the desperation of the children as they try to find a way to enjoy the afternoon. Moving on, he further comments on the innocence of children and the society’s effect on them as they would grow old and become one of them, violent and unhuman stuck in traffic. The poet ends the poem by personifying the rain “As the wreck is cleared, rain trembles/ across the road” and reveals the weakness of nature and he inverts the vivid image of rain as no cleansing occurs and no joy is felt. “And the charred, unbroken road” by the use of a strong adjective ‘unbroken’ he illustrates the never ending cycle of life and how the

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